What happens when you work as a contract freelancer for a publication and it continues to put out your work after you leave? It's all about the fine print, innit?
As if the Los Angeles Times, dogged by the bankruptcy of its parent company and in the midst of more editorial layoffs, needs more troubles, celebrity photographer David Strick is suing the paper and its overlords for allegedly continuing to publish his photos after he left in 2010.
Strick was hired about four years ago as a contract photog to get behind-the-scenes shots of Hollywood in motion, but his contact was not renewed in 2010.
However, the suit claims, the Times and its sister publications continued to publish his shots more than 100 times.
The paper argues that by entering his work into its “content management system” he was allowing the company to retain rights to it in perpetuity.
He says his contract didn't say that and that no where was it written that his deal was with any other publication besides the Times.
The bottom line? As much as $150,000 per alleged infringement. But it's complicated, and the Times is fighting it tooth and nail it seems. Read more here.